School Workshops

Illustration by Marijke van Veldhoven

Illustration by Marijke van Veldhoven

I am offering gardening workshops that tie-in to my LOTTIE AND DOTTIE books. These would run for approximately an hour with a class of up to 35 children at a time, enabling all the children to take part in the workshop. I live in Surrey, so ideally you would be located in the Home Counties or London, though I’m open to travelling further!

I’ve been gardening since childhood and my gardening blog and YouTube channel have reached nearly 3 million viewers worldwide. I have worked with children and young people for many years as part of Matrix Theatre, and am fully DBS checked. I will of course bring my DBS certificate with me on all visits.

I will read to the children from one of the books, which they will then have the opportunity to purchase. It retails at £4.99, but on school visits they can purchase it for just £4. I will also sign each copy individually for them.

Each workshop will last approximately one hour, starting at a time that would suit your requirements. You will find a list of sample workshops below.

Illustration by Marijke van Veldhoven

Illustration by Marijke van Veldhoven


How to make a Bug Home in your garden for the creepy crawlies:

During this workshop we would find as many creepy crawlies as we could and identify them. Then we would collect various sticks, leaves, stones and anything else that could be used for the bug home and then the children would make their very own bug home.

How to make some Bird Feeders:

These are very useful during the cold months as the birds find it difficult to find food. We would talk about what sort of food they like to eat, and the various ways we can feed them. Then we would make some bird feeders from old drink cartons, and some from lard and bird seed (this bit can get messy). Once they’ve finished, the children can go outside and find some places to hang them, either on trees or in bushes. We would also talk about the various birds they are likely to see in their gardens.

How to make a Herb Bed in a container:

There are many herbs that we use all the time in the kitchen and they are very easy to grow. If you have an outside area with a raised bed then this will be perfect. The children can bring in their favourite herb plant and we will create their very own herb bed. I will bring in a small trough with some herbs that I’ve planted, so they can do the same at home. We will talk about lots of the herbs and I can bring in some examples of various ones from my own herb patch.

How to make your own Mini Garden in an ice-cream tub:

This is a great activity for little ones and they can design their perfect garden. All they need is a 1-litre ice cream tub, and we could go out into the school grounds and find various flowers, foliage, small stones, moss and anything else they would like to use, and they can then come back to class and create their own little mini garden. I will also bring in some carrot tops that I have soaked in water as the green leaves sprout again and make wonderful small trees.

How to Sow Seeds:

Depending on what you would like the children to sow. If you are having a sunflower competition in the class or a pumpkin competition, or you would just like to encourage them to grow some vegetables from seed, I will show them how. I’ve grown a great variety of seeds from Carrots to Cucamelons. So just let me know what you would like, then I can bring in a selection to show the different colours and shapes that can be grown.

Of course, if you have your own themes or topics that you would prefer to cover then I can tailor a workshop especially for you.

Comments and photos from my school visits:

Claire was able to tailor her workshops easily to our school’s needs and flexible to fit in within our daily routine. She delivered two workshops; the first aimed at children aged two to four and the second with our five and six year olds. Both workshops were suitable for the children’s ages and capabilities. The children were excited, interested and thoroughly enjoyed taking part.”

The staff at Downsend School Pre-Prep Ashtead

Downsend, Ashtead

Downsend, Ashtead

“Claire’s visit during our Book Week was a great success.  She came prepared with just the right activities for the children from the very youngest 2 year olds to the 6 year olds and has inspired us all to get growing at school and at home.”

The Staff at Downsend Pre-Prep Leatherhead

Sowing seeds at Downsend, Leatherhead.

Sowing seeds at Downsend, Leatherhead.

The children really enjoyed themselves. It was a very informative session that captured the children and involved them all at an appropriate level. We will definitely book again for next year. Thank you!” From Charlotte Robinson at St John Vianney R C Infant and Junior School.

The fees for these events are as per the Society of Authors’ guidelines, and if you would like to know more, or have any queries please contact me on the form below:


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